Celebrating and conserving the ecological richness of California's grasslands

Visiting California Grasslands

California's native grasslands are incredibly diverse and biologically important ecosystems. Yet grasslands remain one of the most under-protected of California's vegetation types, and native grasslands have undergone the greatest percentage loss of any habitat type in the state, including much-publicized losses in wetland and riparian systems.

Access may be limited and conditions may have changed since these articles were published. Please check arrangements before you go. 

Articles and Links

Articles are reprint excerpts from Grasslands Journal 

Northern California

Drakesbad Meadow (Lassen County), by Kendra Mosely, Calflora "Great Places"  updated 2020

 Brushy Peak Regional Preserve (Alameda County), by Michele Hammond, Grasslands Fall 2018

Azalea Hill/ Pine Mountain, Marin County, CA, by Andrea Williams, Grasslands Summer 2018

Low Gap Park, Ukiah (Mendocino County), by Emily Allen, Grasslands Spring 2018

Jepson Prairie Preserve (Solano County), by Virginia Boucher, Grasslands Winter 2017

Hell's Half Acre, Lava Cap Wildflower Field (Nevada County), by Karen Callahan and Jennifer Buck-Diaz, Grasslands Winter 2016. 

Ridgecrest Boulevard, Mount Tamalpais (Marin County), by Andrea Williams, Grasslands Fall 2015

Point Pinole, East Bay Regional Parks, (Contra Costa County), by Jim Hanson, Calflora "Great Places.

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, Richmond (Contra Costa County), by Ingrid Morken,Grasslands Winter 2014

Windy Hill (San Mateo County), Monte Bello Open Space Preserves (Santa Clara County) and Cache Creek Natural Area (Yolo County) by Andrew Fulks, Grasslands Summer 2014.

Walker Ridge (Colusa & Lake Counties) by Andrew Fulks, Grasslands Spring 2013

The Grasslands of the Potrero San Pablo and Point Molate Shore (Contra Costa County), slightly modified by David Amme and reprinted with permission from the East Bay CNPS Newletter March 2013, Grasslands Summer 2013

Central California

The Shifting Mosaic of Carrizo Plaiin (San Luis Obispo County), by Jennifer Buck-Diaz, Grasslands Spring 2015 

Palo Corona Regional Park (Monterey County),  by Meghan J. Skaer, Grasslands Summer 2013

Southern California

The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve (Riverside County), by Zachary Principe, Grasslands Winter 2013

Links to Grassland Parks and Spaces 

Access may be limited so be sure to check arrangements before you go. 

California Department of Fish & Wildlife Ecological Reserves and Wildlife Areas in California includes many grassland areas. 

Carrizo Plains National Monument, San Luis Obispo County

Carrizo Plain National Monument Visitor Center, 17495 Soda Lake Road, California Valley, CA 93453
Phone: 805-475-2131
Information Line: 805-475-2035
Email: BLM_CA_Web_BK@blm.go

Long-term study of extreme drought at Carrizo Plain

The Shifting Mosaic of Carrizo Plain by Jennifer Buck-Diaz, Grasslands Spring 2015 Reprint

Tejon Ranch, Kern County

Hikes are led by the Tejon Ranch Conservancy


Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Los Angeles County

Visit CA Grasslands

"Grasslands are not a drive-by landscape. Unless you get out in them and observe, you will never understand how diverse they are and how much is going on above and below the soil surface. From microbes to vertebrates, there is a big reward when you take the time to explore. That’s what I love—the reward of finding another mystery every time I look. "--Jeff Wilcox, CNGA Member. 

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